We will be offering in-person communion in the Lloyd Douglas Chapel again at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings, prior to our regular worship service. Our 9 a.m. Curbside Communion will no longer be offered beginning on May 30.
We will be offering in-person worship in the sanctuary at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. We anticipate the Change of Pace service will begin again in the fall in Pilgrim Hall, but, as in the past, we will offer only one worship service during the summer months at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary.
We will not have a coffee hour following worship on Sunday, May 30, but are considering providing coffee for future Sundays. We will let you know more about the timing of this in the coming weeks.
We will move cautiously forward on Sunday mornings with certain safety protocols in place in order to make sure we are honoring the safety of our fellow members and guests. These protocols will likely change over the next weeks as we receive more information from the CDC and our State.
Here are the safety protocols that will be in place as we gather for worship again:
Our maximum capacity will be 225 for in-person worship in the sanctuary (which is a little less than ½ of our full capacity and follows the recommendation of the State). This should not be a problem during the summer months.
We will continue to use the individual and disposable pre-filled cups with soft wafers and grape juice for our Chapel Communion services.
Our Director of Children’s Ministry, Rachel Dudley, and the Board of Christian Education are currently talking about nursery and church school programming for May 30 and beyond. You will be notified of their decisions through the weekly church emails and the church school weekly email to parents.
Everyone is asked to initially wear a mask within the church building. We will have additional masks and hand sanitizers available at all entrances to the building and sanctuary on Sunday mornings.
Sanctuary windows will be open during worship services to allow good fresh airflow. Please dress for the weather if it is cool outside.
Sanctuary fans will be running.
Social distancing will be in place in the sanctuary. We will seat people in every other row of pews, although we will not dictate who sits where in any particular pew. The balconies are another seating area we can utilize.
We will not use a pre-registration process. Instead will have index cards placed in the pews for people to sign in as a way to provide a record should we need to contact trace people at a particular worship service.
At this time, and as we seek further input, we discourage the open singing of the hymns/worship songs, but certainly do encourage humming along!
We will not pass friendship pads or offering plates in the service (however, we will need to look into how to collect any gifts or offerings people may bring).
Worship leaders can be unmasked in the pulpit or chancel area if vaccinated….otherwise the wearing of a mask is still required of our worship leaders.
Finally, since the beginning of our virtual Sunday morning worship services, we have been picking up worshippers from all across our state and country (Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Montana, California, Maryland, etc.). We will continue to live-stream our worship services on Sunday mornings via Facebook and YouTube even after we are back to in-person worship. In essence, our worshipping community has permanently expanded to an online presence!